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Old 11-19-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Old's Cool Sport Bike Thread

Since they there seems to be an absence of fast and old sport bikes here, I figured I'd start a dedicated thread. Surely I can't be the only guy not concerned with the latest and greatest, who is happier attacking apexes on skinny bias ply tires, then worrying about which traction control setting to use...

This is my daily rider, a '92 Ninja 600R.



At 21 years old I think it looks pretty Damn good. Not to mention it is a total hoot to ride.


Come on don't be shy, who else rockets around on outdated sport bike tech??
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:34 AM   #2
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Your '92 Ninja 600R looks pretty good. Here's my 1989 Ninja 250..



After a wreck and no luck finding one year only white fairing parts. So I rebuilt it with "Firecracker Red" parts from late 90's and early 2000's Ninja 250 parts. Just went over 96k miles on the road to work this morning.

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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my '89 GSXR 750
motor is a host of Yoshimura parts... I've not opened the motor, but have been told it was last built with Yoshi rods/pistons/cams. it does have a Yoshi clutch, ignition module, case covers and a few other things. i can say this; it's the quickest 750 i've been on, nearing the acceleration of the 7/11 i had previously. 8k rpm and the front end will not stay on the ground if there's any traction.

very fun bike... but i honestly rarely ride it. can't push it on the street without breaking every law possible. not fun at all to ride tamely. uncomfortable, poor mileage, etc.

sure is purdy, though...

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Old 11-21-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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Calling those bikes "old school" makes me feel old. I remember lusting after them when they were new!

Along those lines, when I think of "old school" sport bikes, I think more along the lines of something like this:



As for bikes I actually own, this is the only one I have from the early 90s and it's not even a full on sportbike, even though I tried to use it as one.



The Superlight on the right is an object of desire for me even today, the Sport in the background was one of the bikes that got me interested in Ducatis, but the 907 in the foreground is mine, the first Ducati I ever bought. Yes I still own it, but it hasn't been ridden in a while. I tend to ride bikes that are either older or newer now, the 907 falls in a no-mans land. In a couple years it will be eligible for classic plates/insurance, I'll probably break it back out then...
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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Old School!!! I still think of them as new bikes
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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It's easy to think of them as new, until you realize that they are still 20+ years old. I think you're right though these year bikes are in a no man's land, which makes em cheap! I picked up my 600R plus a track prepped sister bike for under 2k.

That 907 is super cool. Even if no body knows it yet. Wait 5 years and it will be valuable again.

It's surprisingly hard to find a late 80's early 90's sport bike that hasn't been totally trashed. There are likely more airhead BMW's riding around than first and second generation GSXR' s.


This thread doesn't have to be limited to plastic fantastics though, any bike that was built to perform at its time qualifies in my mind.

I'd say this certainly belongs here.



It belongs to a friend of a friend, but it sure it's fun to follow just to hear it sing.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:01 AM   #7
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that MV is lovely and should sound utterly fabulous.

I must get a picture of my new (to me) VFR - as an '89 bike it qualifies for this thread and, as a 350 bike, it falls neatly into the cheap bike challenge thread as well

Clean, early GSXRs are like hens teeth here in the UK and are starting to go for real money again. GPX kawas, on the other hand, aren't worth sod all - last week I got offered a clean, tidy standard GPX 750 with all the current paperwork (reg, tax, MOT) for 600...
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:12 AM   #8
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I picked up an Early FJ1100 a couple of years ago for 585 on Ebay. It had a burnt out exhaust valve and clogged carbs.

Ran the carbs through my ultrasonic cleaner to get the crap out...



Rebuilt the top end, re shimmed it and set it up so it was purring...



Fitted a fully adjustable front end from an R6 and R1 Brakes so that it handled and stopped...




And then sold it for the princely sum of 625 on ebay a few months later. To make things worse the guy who bought it rang me up when he got home to say how brilliant it was

It was a lot of bike for not much money. I keep trying Jap fours because I want to like them but just can't jell with them.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:25 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DesmoDog View Post

I love those late Paso's

I had a tuned Desmo years ago. A hell of a bike to ride, sounded amazing but drove me insane with the niggles. It'd have you curled up in a ball in the corner, rocking backwards and forwards out of frustration.

This is me and the bike in the late 80's. Spoke front wheel fitted because the magnesium campagnoli had decided to dissolve!! - more rocking in the corner..



I rode Laverdas for 15 years. Much more reliable than the Duke and the archetypal 80's roadburner. In this neck of the woods It was the Kawasaki 1100 uni trak that knocked Laverda off the top slot.


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Old 11-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #10
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:12 AM   #11
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Yup, this is what I'd call an old school sport bike, my Lemans.









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Old 11-22-2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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lrutt...beautiful LeMans!!
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:47 PM   #13
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:46 AM   #14
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Trevor that's a gorgeous GS. The dark blue paint is understated but classy.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:02 AM   #15
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Love these old bikes!

One I had, but gone now.



And one I still have.

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